Sondre Evjen is proud of his third-place finish in the 2021 RallyX Nordic Supercar Drivers’ Standings, despite suffering the disappointment of missing out on second by just a single point.
Stepping up for his first full season competing in the headline category on the RallyX Nordic programme, the EKS JC driver recorded a trio of podium finishes from the seven events but was ultimately pipped by Fraser McConnell as the pair squabbled for the minor placings behind champion Johan Kristoffersson.
However, Evjen can take heart from his performances this term in a class that has seen some of rallycross’ elite talents raise the bar for what is expected from a regional series.
Evjen said: “My emotions were a bit mixed after the final round of the season at Arvika. We really wanted second place overall so it felt disappointing to only come third, but now looking back I am really satisfied with a podium finish in the Supercar standings.
“The level of competition has been high this season, and the driving has mostly been fair as well. I think it peaked with Rounds 3 and 4 at Höljes when several FIA World Rallycross Championship drivers were competing – Johan Kristoffersson is of course up there among the best ever in this sport, while GRX’s entry of Niclas Grönohlm and Krisztián Szabó in the series made it very competitive.
“I have really enjoyed teaming up with Enzo [Ide], who is incredibly fast, and the fight for second with Fraser McConnell was fun throughout the whole campaign.”
Evjen, who is a proven race-winner in Supercar Lites, started the season brightly with a third and a second in the double-header curtain-raiser at Nysum in Denmark.
The Norwegian racer then had a tougher time at Höljes against a world class field in changeable conditions, finishing fifth in Round 3 before failing to make the final in Round 4.
Evjen bounced back with a strong run to third at OuluZone but he lost out to Olsbergs MSE ace McConnell in the overall standings when the Jamaican claimed second at the season finale at Arvika.
It has still be a positive season of development for the youngster, who said: “I have always liked working with Joel Christoffersson and his team, and this year was no exception!
“The EKS JC team is professional in every way and they have solutions for everything. Meanwhile the partners and sponsors are always one of the most important parts of any race and they are the people that make it possible to keep driving.
“This year it has been very difficult due to Covid-19, but we managed to put together a RallyX Nordic programme so I am very pleased with that.
“I have always liked racing in RallyX Nordic and the championship improves every season with new additions. For example, the weekend in Finland was a long way to travel but it is always great to visit new places.
“We do not know for now what the future will bring, but if the opportunity comes I would love to drive in the RallyX Nordic series again. There are things happening in the United States that look incredible as well, so there are many possibilities.
“This sport can be very unpredictable so we have to see what pops up when we get into 2022!”
Missed any of the RallyX Nordic action this season? Head over to the RallyX TV YouTube Channel to catch up on full live streams from Rounds 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.